Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DIY Trick or Treat Bucket

One thing you need to know about me is that I am cheap. Ok, maybe I'm not cheap but I don't like spending a whole lot of money on things we are only going to use or wear once. Halloween buckets for example. Have you seen those out there that are personalized and cost $30? They are freaking adorable but my babies are still young and I don't see the point in spending $90 right now. Maybe when they're older and they really get the whole concept of Halloween but for now? Nah. We will just go with mommas cheap homemade method. Why can't kids now days be like we were back in the day and just take a pillow case?

I am bad about throwing away things. Call me a hoarder, call me a collector, call me whatever, but I am bad about throwing things I think we will eventually use or need away. Coffee Mate cans and Coffee cans for example. I have a ton of these. The bigger ones (not the small ones). The possibilities that you can do with these are endless. Store your nails, light bulbs, use them for emptying your Scentsy, and more. Maybe even a Halloween trick or treat bucket? Yup, That's how I made my babies buckets this year! The thought occurred to me when I was looking for some plain buckets to personalize. One day while I was looking in my pantry to decided the sides for dinner, it hit me. I will paint those coffee mate cans and use those for the kids trick or treat buckets! I wasn't sure how well it would work at first but I am pretty pleased with the end result.

What you need:

  • An old coffee mate can/coffee can 
  • Orange paint
  • Ribbon
  • Silhouette cameo and vinyl/ or a paintbrush and paint/stencils 
  • Glue gun and sticks
  • Sharp scissors
  • fabric of choice 
Paint buckets and let dry. I just used the Krylon spray paint. It was %50 off at hobby lobby so I grabbed a couple bottles. 

Take your fabric and glue into bucket. Glue sides down and trim the fabric you have hanging over.

My husband drilled two holes into the bucket for me. I took ribbon and tied knots onto the sides to provide the handle. Then I took my glue gun and put glue on the very top rim. I put ribbon on top of that. I put the middle of the ribbon on top of that glue so it would look better than just gluing the ribbon to the side.

I cut out a few names and vinyl goodies with my silhouette and VOILA!! Now my three Little's are ready to trick or treat;)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Cookie Rice Krispie Treats

I love Rice Krispie Treats!! You can do anything with them. Put treats and goodies inside them, add cake mix to them and more!! And they aren't that bad for you, right?;)

I wanted to do something fun for my babies. A little Halloween treat. So I went to Walmart and purchased all the goodies to make Rice Krispie treats. I also bought Halloween sprinkles and Halloween colored Oreos.

Start by making your treats as you usually would or follow the directions on the Rice Krispie box. I will tell you, I don't follow instructions. I have been making Rice Kripsie treats for a long time and I don't remember the last time I looked at that recipe. I will tell you a little secret of mine to get perfect treats every time. Don't use a lot of butter. Use just enough to coat marshmallows good and let them melt. This makes them more "fluffy" instead of gooey.

After you have mixed your cereal into your marshmallow and butter mix, pour half of the mix into a greased pan. Place oreos then add rest of cereal mix on top. Add sprinkles and press down with hands. I always put butter or spray pam on my fingers before pressing the treats down so they don't stick to my hands.

Let cool for a couple hours. Cut and serve! So pretty!


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Vanzant's go to Gatlinburg-Part 2

About 6 years ago, me and Matt found this amazing exotic petting zoo in Gatlinburg. Yes, we went there all by our self. We love animals and honestly it was probably one of the best parts of our trip. We both talked about how we couldn't wait to take our kids in the future. I was so glad to hear that they were still opened! We took the babies and the pictures just say it all. It was so amazing and fun. They are little animal lovers too and this was better than Disney world to them (since Disney world would probably scare the crap out of them right now).

Maddie is very smart. She saw the goats getting up on the side so they could be fed. She decided to join in on the fun to see if she could get a little nibble or two! It was cracking me up. One person even asked "Can we feed her too?" I replied "that's the point, I think?". I was just kidding but I think she was just doing what the goats were and she thought it was hilarious. In the back of my mind I kept wondering when one of these goats are going to head butt her or the other way around. There are so many goats in this pen. You can feed them from the outside and you can even go inside and hold them! You are not allowed to bring the food inside the pen though because of obvious reasons. 

Now off to the camel! The camels were so social and loved on you even if you didn't have food! I think they might have been my favorites;)

JP wasn't too fond of being held by daddy to see the camel after seeing what he did to Madelynn and Jocelynn. The girls loved it though. Like I said, I got some awesome moments on photo.

They even have a deer farm at this place! You can walk in to see the many deer and pet them! Can anyone find Maddie in the picture below?

Maddie never surprises me. I literally could not keep up with her. She wanted to play with and act like all of the animals. The girl is crazy. 

Reindeer! The twins kept saying "Santa cwaus deer! Where is snata cwaus Mr. deer?"

This was a huge horse! Jocelynn and Maddie loved him too, JP not so much.

As I said before, I couldn't keep up with miss Maddie. All of the sudden I look over and she is standing right next to this dang Emu. I screamed "BABE! He is going to peck her head!!" What do I do next? Yup, I take a picture instead of getting my child away from this bird. 

Zebras, Zonkeys, reindeer, camel, goat, cows, bulls, pony's. This place has it all.

I think Maddie really felt at home with the goats. If it were up to her daddy we would get one in a heartbeat, but mean mommy isn't going to let that happen. Been there, done that.No fun cleaning after a goat.

We walked around to the camel a second time after purchasing some apples. JP loved him this time.

You really can't say anything to describe these faces but priceless. 

After spending hours at the petting zoo we went trout fishing! I'm sad this is the only picture I got but my battery died right after I took this picture! Matt has some great ones on his phone I need to steal. I might do a post with all the outtakes from the trip! 

After fishing, we went home. We brought the fish home with us to cook but actuality didn't end up cooking them. This is the night we decided to stay in and order pizza before riding some rides!

I told y'all in the previous post all about Saturday. We went to Ober and downtown. We went home and everyone napped (except me). We watched Alabama kick some A&M booty and then went to dinner at Alamo Steakhouse. It was delicious. This time we were a little bit more prepared for Maddie's rants thanks to Jocelynn. She brought her backpack in that had all the toys. I looked at Matt and said "Why haven't we thought of this before?" It kept her calm until the food arrived. We all ate and then the twins begged to go play some more on the rides. They call it "pway games". We found an even better park that night. It had a big slide that was extremely fast. Matt and JP came off the slide they were going so fast. I need to upload that video because it is hilarious!! Saturday night we prepared to leave for Sunday!

Sunday we woke up and all got ready to make a quick stop at the Apple Barn. That's what we have always done pre-kids so it felt right to keep that tradition. We were wrong. There are breakable things everywhere. Apples were everywhere (obviously) and Maddie decided to take a bite out of so many. Yes, I had to buy them. No, she did not end up even eating them. I think we will start a new "leaving" tradition instead of the Apple Barn. I did score me some cider before escaping. 

The babies did amazing on the way home. We were shocked. 6 HOURS. Maddie napped 3 times, Jocelynn napped once and played the IPAD, and JP napped once and talked the whole way home. I was so proud of them. They made it tremendously easy on us on the way home.

I had an amazing time making these unforgettable memories. I can't wait to go back next year!! 

If you're interested in going to the petting zoo click HERE
Trout farm click HERE

Friday, October 24, 2014

Vanzant's go to Gatlingburg- Part 1

Me and Matt love the Smoky Mountains! We have been going together for a long time and I have been almost every year before meeting him. My family always went during the Thanksgiving holiday when I was younger and it was just a place I really, really loved. It turned out Matt went once to two times a year with his family when he was younger too! When we started dating he took me as a surprise trip for my 17th birthday. We started going every year together after that until we had started trying for babies. When we had our babies (and then another) we knew it would be a little while until we could take them up there. We waited until they were all a little older so it wouldn't be as difficult. We were so excited about going. To take our babies to our place. To let them see this beautiful city and explore all the things to do. Me and Matt would much rather go north than we would south. Don't get me wrong, we love a beach trip but we really enjoy the Smoky Mountains a little better.

This was our first real family trip. I know you've seen us go to the beach several times but that's because my parents lived there. My mom had everything. Toys, beds, food, sippy cups and more. I never had to bring anything with me. This time? We brought everything. And we don't have a huge luggage bag (which I really need to invest in) so I packed everyone in a smaller suitcase. This isn't even everything. We also brought a pac-n-play, bed safety rails for the twins, and a stroller. Plus there's three more bags up under that huge blanket.  

The twins decided not to nap that day so it wasn't long after we left they decided to fall asleep in the truck. I have also figured out that it is physically impossible to take a picture of all 5 of us. Maybe I could if we had a longer vehicle and a third row but seeing is how our cars are paid off, I am good for now. 

We got there really late and went to bed even later. I was worried about them not sleeping but they all did so great. We all woke up rested and ready to take the day on Thursday! We went to Cades Cove after a yummy breakfast! If you've never been to Cades Cove before you should go! Its in the National Park of Gatlinburg and its miles and miles of road that you drive along. Sounds boring? Well, you do see lots of deer, horses, and even an occasional bear! We didn't see a bear this time. I was sad because that's all I want. I just want to see a freaking bear!! I know I might sounds crazy but they are so cool to me. I would like to see one in the wild (while sitting in my truck/car).The kids were so excepted about seeing the "DEERS and BEARS"!

 Everyone goes 5 mph or lower in here and everyone lets their kids sit up front so they can see everything. We decided to let ours sit up front with us and they thought they won the lottery. It was so fun looking for deer, seeing deer, and talking to them. JP and Jocelynn love the song "Something Bad" by Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert and it came on while we were riding around and we all sang it. It was so much fun. I really love this age and their memory for things like that. Maddie was just glad to be doing what her older brother and sister were!

Later that evening we went to the cabin and got ready to go to dinner! We wanted to go to the Alamo but it was packed so we chose a seafood buffet and I do not recommend that place at all. It was called Captain Jim's Seafood Buffet in Pigeon Forge. It wasn't bad but for the price we paid, it wasn't worth it. It is getting so hard with all three in a restaurant. Really just because Maddie will not sit in a high chair and screams when we put her in it. I know she just wants to do what JP and Jocelynn are doing but DANG! 

How precious are my babies??

You can't really tell in this picture but me and Jocelynn have matching fringe boots! I love our boots;)

Our cabin was gorgeous!! If you're looking to stay in Gatlingburg in the future just search on VRBO and you'll find a great one! Or you can stay at the one we stayed in! Just search for "Happy Ours" in that area. It included 4 bedrooms, a sleeper sofa, and even a movie theatre!! We watched Frozen almost every single night and it was awesome. Making me rethink our playroom;)

 Cabins are so beautiful. I loved the antler chandelier and this beautiful log table in the dining room. Makes you feel like you are really in the mountains staying here!

Friday we went to an exotic petting zoo and trough fishing which I will do a different post about because I took a lot of pictures. We ordered pizza on Friday afternoon for dinner so we could all go play afterwards with no epic meltdown at a restaurant. We found some kiddie rides at a little park. I was skeptical about them riding at first. Not because I didn't want them to but I thought they wouldn't. Just back in May they screamed when I tried letting them ride stuff at the beach. This time? Completely different! My babies rode rides self!! It makes me so proud and want to cry all at the same time. They are growing so fast and they find ways to remind me of that every day.

Matt took this picture of the twins sleeping Saturday morning. They had to sleep in the same bed because there weren't any twin beds. I didn't think they would sleep but again they proved me wrong. They slept and they slept good with each other.

We went an ate a delicious breakfast that consisted of M&M pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, and loaded house fries at the Atrium Pancake house. This might have been the best breakfast we ate the whole trip. We didn't get time to go to a Flap Jacks (they were always so packed) or anything but this was pretty darn good! Theres a waterfall right outside this restaurant and the babies went bonkers over it!

After a short ride up the mountain we ended up at Ober Gatlinburg. They were having a festival and had a few rides out, a maze, a bouncy house and more! Guess what mine loved the most? The maze! Me and Matt thought how boring is this? But we loved it since they did and it was actuality a lot of fun. JP kept running from us and he thought it was the funniest thing, although it almost gave me a heart attack. We had to find each letter of the word MAZE. It took us 24 minutes.

After the outdoor fun we went to see the bears! Maddie had somewhat of a traumatic experience.

Yup, Maddie dropped her paci and the bears really enjoyed it. He knew right when it dropped too. It was crazy to watch him find that small item and then play with it. The other bear knew he was playing with something so he came to have a look also. They didn't eat it thank goodness but Maddie was pretty distraught about the whole situation.

She forgot about it when we went inside to see more animals. 

I didn't get a picture of it but JP actually pet this snake! I didn't think he would but he walked right up to it and say "hey snake"!

After Ober we spent a little time downtown indulging in cheese steaks and big sausage dogs! We ate our food in a small alley off of downtown because it was so crowded. I can't believe how many people were there that weekend!! 

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